Community Events


LASALLE - Food donations needed
The IL Valley Food Pantry is low on a few items: Mac & Cheese, Green Beans, Corn, Instant Potatoes, Cereal.

LASALLE COUNTY - Medicare Beneficiaries
Attention Medicare Beneficiaries! You may qualify for money saving benefits through the Low Income Subsidy and Medicare Savings Programs. Both Programs have income and asset guidelines. Contact the Bridges Senior Center at (815)-431-8034 or (866)-331-8034 for additional information regarding the programs and guidelines.

LASALLE COUNTY - Satellite Offices
Bridges Senior Center offers appointmentsat a satellite office in a community near you. Appointments will be held on: Aug. 6, in Streator at the Bruce Township Hall - 216 N. Sterling Street; Aug. 20in LaSalle at the Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living - 18 Gunia Drive; and Aug. 27, in Marseilles at the American Legion - 571 Rutland Street. Please call the Bridges Senior Center at (815)-431-8034 to make an appointment or for more information. 

OTTAWA - Blue Star Museum Program 
The Reddick Mansion is offering free admissions to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day, Sept. 1, as part of the Blue Star Museums program. The Blue Star Families is a national, non-profit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve dedicated to supporting, connecting, and empowering military families.

STREATOR - Bible School
St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church on 509 E. Broadway in Streator will be hosting a vacation bible school from Monday, July 28 through Friday, Aug. 1. The bible school will start at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m. each night. The theme will be "Gangway to Galilee. There will be bible stories, music, dinner, crafts, and games each day, and all children ages 3 years to 8th grade are welcome to attend. For more information, call the church at (815)-672-2435, or Tonya Carter at (815)-992-2009.

STREATOR - Elementary School Registration Dates
Streator Elementary School will be holding registration for students at the Knights of Columbus in Streator Tuesday, July 29, and Wednesday, July 30 from noon until 6 p.m. Orientation day is Tuesday, Aug. 19, and the first full day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 20. Proof of residency is required for all students. Birth certificates are required for all pre-school, kindergarten, and new or transfer students, and physicals must be turned in to the school office on or before the first day of school.

MENDOTA - Free Concert
A free Outdoor Concert  featuring The Chosen Ones Saturday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. at Veterans' Park on Route 34, downtown Mendota. In case of rain - Christ's Church, 1107 Main St. Bring family, friends, and lawn chairs

Streator Downtown Farmers Market celebrates national farmers market week! In celebration, Streator Downtown Farmers Market will kick off the week with a Beekeeping 101 class on Monday Aug. 4, and a kids cooking class for 10 – 12 year olds on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Both classes will be held at Park Place in Streator at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required because limited space is available, and there will be a $7 donation collected at the door for each class. Saturday, August 9th, will be the big market day with an expanded market, Art In the Park (still accepting artists), and a petting zoo going on all day from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Y will have Zumba on the Pavilion at 9 a.m. followed by Truman’s Ridge bluegrass band at 10 a.m. For more information, or to register, call (815)-257-6807.

WOODLAND - Registration 
Woodland Community Unit School District #5 will hold registration for kindergarten through 12th grade on Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Pre-registration is available on the website at Kindergarten, 6th, and 9th grade physicals are due at the registration. Dental exams are mandatory for kindergarten students. Residents new to the district must bring two forms of proof of residency; photo ID, and a utility bill in their name. The first day of pupil attendance will be Friday, Aug. 15.

CHERRY - Pie and Coffee Social Hour 
St. Margaret's Hospital has coordinated a pie and coffee social hour on Thurdsay, Aug. 7 from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Cherry Church Hall. Cindy Dalzot, of volunteer services and Auiliary will be the guest speaker, and the evnt is sponsored by the Cherry United Church of Christ and Holy Trinity Cherry.
STREATOR - Preschool Registration
Holy Trinity Lutheran Pre-School is holding an Open House/Registration for the 2014/2015 school year on Thursday, Aug. 7 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. The open house will take place at the pre-school at 101 Trinity Drive, Streator, IL.  This will provide an opportunity to see the classrooms/playground area, find out classes/times, meet the teachers and register your child.  Refreshments will be provided.

The 'Boo' Milby Memory 5K run/special one mile walk will be held on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 at Northwest School on 229 O'Conor Ave. in LaSalle. Check in starts at 6:45 a.m. and the event starts at 8:00 a.m. Entry fee is $20 before Aug. 5 or $25 on race day. The 5k will benefit the Illinois Valley Alzheiemer's Group and there will be free T-shirts on Race Day. For more information, call (815)-223-1885, (815)-228-1858, or (815)-339-6465.

MENDOTA - Paperback Book Collection 
'Friends of the Library' is collecting paperback books for their annual paperback book sale which will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9, during the Mendota Sweet Corn Festival. Please bring your gently used paperback books to the drop off boxes which are located at the libarary, Sulliavn's, First United Methodist Church, Zion Methodist Church, St. John's Lutheran Church, Holy Cross Church and United Presbyterian Church. 

PRINCETON - Perry Memorial Hospital Calendar of Events
FREE Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar Screening: 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.,
Tuesday, August 12, Perry Memorial Hospital, Main Lobby, Princeton. Open 
to the public and PMH employees.
Diabetes Information Meeting: 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 12, Perry 
Memorial Hospital, White Oak Classroom, Princeton. Please contact Marcia 
Hartwig at 815-876-4449 to register.
Grief & Loss Support Group: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, Perry Memorial 
Hospital, Hospital Chapel, Princeton. Bureau Valley Volunteer Hospice hosts 
a monthly meeting, the third Tuesday of each month, to offer support to 
those grieving on a journey of remembering; please call the HOSPICE Office 
at 815-876-3375.

STREATOR - Blood Drive
The American Cross will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 1 until 6 p.m. at the Results Company Conference Room, 232 Pratt Street in Streator. To schedule an appointment, contact Joyce Cook at 815-673-7090. Walk-ins are welcome. Please bring your ID (Red Cross donor card or photo ID.

PERU - Car Show
Peru Ambulance will host Peru Hot August Nights on Saturday, Aug. 9 starts at 4 p.m. Then a cruise through town starting at 6 p.m. Trophies awarded at 8 p.m. Drive-in screening of the popular classic Grease at 8:15 p.m. Food & soda available for purchase.

PERU - Doin' it for Dan Benefit
The family and friends of Dan Dempsey, a member of the Peru Ambulance Service who was injured in an accident while transporting a patient to Peoria, have organized a benefit called "Doin' it for Dan." The event will take place at the Peru Eagles Club on August 23rd from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are available at the Peru Eagles Club, Travel Connections, Peru Airport, Cowboy and Tony's, and Peru Ambulance. There will be food, raffles, a silent auction, and entertainment at the event. For more information, find "Doin' it for Dan" on Facebook.

MENDOTA - Grade School Reunion
The Ophir Grade School reunion for all former students (1952-1998) will be held at the Mendota Moose Lodge on Saturday, Aug. 23, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour and followed by a buffet dinner. The reunion also includes a Ecumenical Church Service on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at the Triumph Church followed by a potluck luncheon at the Triumph Community Building. Call (815) 895-8706 for tickets.Tickets are $15 per person and must be purchased by Aug. 9.

AMBOY - 4th Annual Depot Days Dash
The Amboy Education Foundation is sponsoring the 4th annual Depot Days Dash on Saturday, Aug. 23, in Amboy. The race begins at 8 a.m. at Amboy High School and ends on North east Avenue in downtown Amboy near the Depot Museum. You can register online at" and all money rasied by the Amboy Education Foundation will support Amboy School and Students. For more information, and a route map, visit and click on the link for Amboy Education Foundation Depot Days Dash. 

PERU - Red Cross Walk, Run, Bike
The 22nd annual Red Cross Walk, Run, Bike will be held on Sunday, Aug. 24, at Baker Lake in Peru. Registration begins at 12 p.m., with the event to follow at 1 p.m., and all registered participants will receive a t-shirt. This is a family oriented event that will include food, drinks, raffles, music and outdoor games. Kids can enjoy the Bike Rodeo that offers training and includes a free bike helmet (while supplies last). For more info and to register, visit, call (815)223-0922, or email

SUBLETTE - "Celebrating 160 Years of Sublette"
Sublettefest will be held Sept. 12 through 14 in downtown Sublette. The schedule of events includes a beer garden, music, 5K Fun Run/Walk, craft/flea market/food vendors, kid's and tegular parade, alumni softball game, OctoberFest food and music, monster fireworks show, "Pullin' in the Park" tractor and truck pull, Sublette schools reunion and more. For More Information, please contact Nick Dinges at (815) 703-6140 or

OTTAWA - WHL Wallace Memorial Event
The WHL Wallace Memorial Event will be held in Ottawa from Friday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 21. On Friday, there will be an open house and presentation at the Reddick Mansion featuring women in the Civil War. On Saturday, there will be sutlers, vendors, food booths open to the public, a luminary program in Washington Park, demonstations by the 17th Corps. Field Hospital, and much much more. Finally, on Sunday, there will be a battle re-enactment, early morning church service, and more! All proceeds go to the restoration and maintenance of the Dickey Cemetery, General WHL Wallace's final resting place. 

LASALLE - Electronic Collection
There will be an electronic collection on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the LaSalle Governmental Complex parking lot.